Steering and suspension may not be at the top of the list whenever you think about servicing your car, but they definitely should be. These are systems that help your vehicle drive smoothly and precisely. Commonly referred to as SAS, the steering and suspension system share some components, but they provide different benefits. The steering side is a complex chain of joints, levers and conversion devices that help control and guide your car, while the suspension side is made of springs, struts and hydraulics which keeps your vehicle at the proper height in order to absorb shock. There are two main types of steering systems: "rack and pinion" and "parallelogram", and they each require different approaches when you experience steering issues. The same is also true for suspension systems as there are many different designs available.
Your SAS system is made of many different parts, most of which will eventually wear out and need replacement. Even though mileage is usually the indicator for having your vehicle checked, there are certain signs that you can look for as to understand when you should have your steering and suspension evaluated. If your car nose dives when braking, that's a sign your suspension needs checked. Same goes for when you experience excessive bouncing while going over bumps. Other symptoms can be related to uneven tire wear or bad spring coils, which make your car lean heavily to one side. If your steering wheel is harder to turn than usual or you notice premature wear on your tires, then this may be a sign of bad tie rods. A shaking or vibrating steering wheel is another warning sign. Contact us at Meineke #266 in Joliet, IL to learn more or to schedule an inspection.
It is very important to have your vehicle inspected at first signs of trouble and to have your SAS system serviced in a timely manner, because while some small issues may be more of an inconvenience when driving, others can actually cause dangerous conditions. Our process always starts with a thorough evaluation of your steering and suspension, which includes your car's front and rear end, all coil springs, shocks and struts, all chassis parts and wheel bearings, the differential, and many more system components. Based on our technicians' findings, we will present you with a detailed report and repair plan, giving you all options such as replacing or repairing parts. We'll make our expert recommendations, but you'll always have full control over the repair process.
Replacing or repairing certain parts of your steering and suspension can have an impact on other systems as well, which is why it's important to have a comprehensive view of your vehicle's repair needs. It's also important to have a one-stop shop for all those needs. Here, at Meineke #266 in Joliet, IL, we offer a wide range of services, including tire alignment and tire rotation, which complement SAS system repairs. Tire alignment is a crucial step, as it adjusts the suspension of your vehicle, actually aligning the system that connects your wheels to the rest of the car. Tire rotation refers to periodically switching your tires and wheels from one position to another, as to prevent uneven wear and tear.
Taking care of your car shouldn't be a stressful, money draining experience. Even more so when it comes to your steering and suspension system which is crucial for a smooth and safe ride. To make sure you are in full control of your car, you need a trusted technician to inspect and work on your SAS system and that's exactly what you'll find at Meineke - greatly experienced, knowledgeable and trusted mechanics who will make sure to get things right the first time around. We want to get you back behind the wheel in the most time-saving, cost-effective manner possible, so be sure to give us a call or schedule an appointment to discuss your steering and suspension needs with our experts. Having a properly functioning SAS system has many benefits down the road and will end up saving you money as it improves gas mileage, prevents premature tire wear and keeps your car out of the shop for longer.
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